I’ve been asked to help set up some computers at a local youth club that they’ve been given (got roped into it because a family member is involved with running the place), and could do with a little advice on ways to go about it
Basic requirements are likely to be that they sign on with the same username/password on all the machines and then get things like the same personal folders, browser & mail profiles (bookmarked sites, accounts and such) etc
Because the ages of the potential users ranged from 7-18 years old there will need to be a method of limiting what can be accessed by particular groups, as far as samba and this thread go I think it’s only being members of the same group (and getting the relevant permissions) whichever machine they log on with that’s relevant
They expect a pool of around 50 users and given their limited funds don’t really want to spend out on windows disks, nothing they expect the machines to be used for can’t be done with suse (or pretty much any other linux really) so there’s not much likelihood of there being windows clients
My questions really are whether there would be any point to using a samba domain as there won’t be windows clients, and if so what’s likely to be the easiest way to handle the accounts, would the number of users justify the hassles of using ldap for example (I hear it can be a pain to set up)
If it’s not worth using a samba domain what other ways might I do it?
I have wondered if setting up the users home directories so that they’re all on a central machine rather than a local drive would be workable and possible, that would still require setting up all the users on every machine though
Not sure what to do for the best and any thoughts/advice much appreciated